A Ferrari wagon. Yes, you read that right.
It goes without saying that a Ferrari is not just another car, and when it comes to transmissions, the FF is no exception. Although most cars have one transmission, this one has two. The FF, Ferrari’s first all-wheel-drive vehicle, uses a standard dual-clutch transmission attached to the back of the engine. A two-speed front transmission, or Power Transfer Unit, allows the FF to send torque to the front wheels without heavy driveshafts or differentials, and a built-in torque-vectoring capability allows the FF’s computers to adjust the car’s cornering attitude. It’s brilliant. The FF’s V-12 engine is no less impressive. It is Ferrari’s first direct-injected twelve and uses six-into-one headers that were first seen on the 599GTO, which means it’s a screamer. It revs to 8200 rpm, and its torque peak of 504 lb-ft occurs at a lofty 6000 rpm, but it’s already making 370 lb-ft at 1000 rpm. In other words, by the time the tach needle hits one grand, the 6.3-liter V-12 is twisting out more torque than the California’s V-8 does at its peak. And that speaks to the drivability of the FF. With four large, comfortable seats, a spacious, gorgeously finished cargo space, and all-wheel drive, this is truly the first Ferrari that’s versatile enough to drive every day.
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new for 2013
The FF is unchanged for the 2013 model year.
Front air bags, traction and stability control, and ABS are standard.
Comfortable back seat
Complicated 4WD system
Base Price: $303,500 (est.)
TRIM LEVEL: FF
BODY STYLE: Hatchback, 2+2-passenger
ENGINE: 6.3L V-12, 651 hp, 504 lb-ft
TRANSMISSIONS: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic and 2-speed automatic
PASSENGER VOLUME: N/A
CARGO SPACE: 15.9 cu ft